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Again, IMN calls for Zakzaky’s release, stage nationwide match

Extends support to Palestinian liberation  ...Babatunde Opalana    The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) has for the umpteenth time called on the Nigerian government for the unconditional release of its incarcerated leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky as the religious body holds peaceful international marches across the country on Friday in commemoration of the

Six EU countries deport 34 Nigerians

  About 34 Nigerians have been deported from six European countries, Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary for allegedly committing immigration-related offences. The deportees comprising 32 males and two females arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.30am in a chartered Airblue Panorama aircraft. The spokesman of the

AI calls release of Bahraini human rights activist

...Babatunde Opalana The Amnesty International (AI) has called on the internal community to rise against inhuman treatment and request for an immediate release of Nabeel Rajab, a courageous Bahraini human right defender, who has just marked his one year in detention. The Deputy Director - MENA Regional Office, Mr. Samah Hadid, in a statement

Ebonyi state commended for proscribing female genital mutilation

...Babatunde Opalana  A Non-Governmental organisation, African Youth Initiative on Population, Health and Development (AfrYPoD) has commended the people Izzi clan comprising of 26 communities and three Local Government Areas (Abakaliki, Ebonyi and Izzi) in Ebonyi State for proscribing the age-long practice of female genital mutilation. The President of AfrYPoD, Dr. Laz Ude Eze, in

Unpacking the numbers on global refugees Elizabeth Ferris Yesterday, on the eve of today’s World Refugee Day, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released its annual Global Trends report, finding that 65.6 million people are forcibly displaced—the highest number since World War II. But while references to a global refugee “crisis” have become increasingly common,

Religious studies: Nigeria’s Education Minister, a danger to national peace-HURIWA

...Nneoma Ndibe  The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has described the removal from public school’s curriculum of Christian religious knowledge by the education minister Mallam Adamu Adamu as a sinister plot to instigate inter-religious warfare in Nigeria. The Rights group in a statement on Monday by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel

Quit order: HURIWA accuses DSS, Army of double standards

...Jude Johnson    The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has accused the Department of State services (DSS); Nigerian Army and the Nigeria police force of double standards and applying sectionalised enforcement of selective laws.   HURIWA in a statement on Sunday by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this became obvious

Rights abuse: Intersociety debunks Army report with graphic accounts of slain Biafran activists

…Nneoma Ndibe   The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has debunked the investigative report that absolved the Nigerian Army on human rights violations allegations against the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Boko Haram suspects and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East. The

IDPs fund: Adewole, Sen. Sani call for proper accountability

...Babatunde Opalana  The Minister of Health, Pro. Isaac Adewole and the Chairman, Senate Committee on the North East, Senator Shehu Sani called on the Federal Government to ensure a proper accountability of funds released and expended so far in rebuilding the insurgent devastated North East geo-political zone, especially on the welfare

Quit order: Igbo rights groups meet in Enugu, condemns ultimatum

... Chris Oguzo The Igbo Civil Society Coalition comprising civil society organisations and activists from the South-East have resolved “to henceforth, advance the fundamental human rights of Ndigbo and other like-minded people.” The resolution was taken at the end of a meeting held in Enugu on Saturday, where it appraised the current